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Why is religion eradicated in "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley?

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Ironically, religion in "Brave New World" has not been eradicated: it has been changed.  When Mustapha Mond speaks to John the Savage, he mentions John Henry Cardinal Newman, an Anglican clergyman who later converted to Catholicism.  He believed that man was not made for independence, but belongs to God.  Mond claims that the New World takes this same concept and alters it to the new society in which God is not compatible with machinery, science, and happiness. 

There is much observable truth to Newman's idea.  People who are followers of a religion adhere to the principles, morals, and ideals of their religion.  The New World cannot allow this religious dependency if it is to control its inhabitants.  Therefore, the leaders of the New World replace religion with the Solidarity Service and the communion of soma.  The sign of the T has replaced the sign of the cross. Religion has not truly disappeared; only the objects of veneration have.  Just as Karl Marx wrote that religion...

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